African religious choose new leadership

Kampala, Uganda -- Daughter of the Sacred Heart of Mary Sister Marie Therese Diene, from Senegal, and Comboni Father Julio Ocana Iglesias, from Ethiopia, today were elected president and vice-president of the Confederation of Conferences of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, or COMSAM. The group was formed in 2005 and is meeting for only its second time, in Kampala, Uganda.

A pan African group of religious men and women, COMSAM aims to offer a stronger and more united voice to Catholic issues, including religious matters and violations to justice and peace and human rights on the African continent.

The work of COMSAM represents a greater presence for the church in Africa, still viewed as a relatively young church, but one that has grown significantly in the last century.

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